ONA Weekly #465: Meet The 2023 MJ Bear Fellows

By on June 14, 2023

Meet the 2023 MJ Bear Fellows

Join us in welcoming the six journalists chosen as the 2023 MJ Bear Fellows:

  • Laura Anaya-Morga, Long Beach Post
  • Ugur Dursun, Bay City News
  • Bertin Huynh, Guardian Australia
  • Maria Mendez, The Texas Tribune
  • Blake Stoner, Vngle Grassroots News Agency
  • Alice Wilder, American Public Media Group

The fellowship identifies and supports journalists under 30 whose work represents the best of digital news. During the yearlong program, fellows will receive guidance and coaching on digital journalism projects, opportunities to network within the industry and chances to showcase their work to ONA’s global community. The fellowship will kick off at ONA23: Philadelphia

The MJ Bear Fellowship is made possible through generous contributions by the MJ Bear Estate, friends of MJ Bear and ONA, MSN International and Microsoft.

Manori Wijesekera on belonging in journalism 
Photo of Manori Wijesekera in a turquoise top against a red backdrop

The ONA Community Award, which is now in its sixth year, has honored individuals who have had an outsized impact on journalism by creating a sense of belonging and space for digital journalists to push innovative work.  

We recently asked 2022 Community Award recipient Manori Wijesekera a few questions about community building and her hopes for the future of journalism. Read what she had to say. ONA members, nominate your colleagues for this year’s award by June 22.

On the calendar

Career opportunities 

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs, fellowships and internships in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

On our radar

Directory spotlight

Graham Media Group

Graham Media Group is comprised of 7 local media hubs, Graham Digital, OMNE and Social News Desk. It is the authentic, local voice passionately informing and celebrating our communities.

Dozens of technology companies, foundations, consultants and journalism organizations contribute to ONA’s mission throughout the year. Explore our Industry Directory to discover new tools and potential partners, or learn how to get listed.

Support ONA

There are many ways to help sustain ONA’s mission to inspire and support innovation in digital journalism.